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are? >> well, ashleigh, we're seeing a much different story here in elkhart, county, indiana, and this is an area that absolutely got hammered by the recession. unemployment at its worst. was up about 18.5%. now because so many manufacturing jobs have come back, it's down hovering just over 8%, and we're at wheeland designs, and they make seat covers for airlines and automobiles and other things. they're hard at work here. in fact, the problem here is they don't have enough potential employees to fill all of the vacant positions. they've already added 70 positions at this facility. they're looking to add more, but they can't find qualified workers. >> thank you for the last hit of the day, and stay tuned for my colleague suzanne malveaux and newsroom international. >> welcome to "newsroom international." i'm suzanne malveaux. here's what's happening right now. 32 days until the election, and now this.
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>> this morning we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. >> nation's unemployment rate has dropped now below 8% for the first time in almost four years. the labor department figures just out this morning show unemployment now at 7.8%. we're covering all the angles of our story. christine romans is live in new york. jessa yellin is in washington with the political impact, and richard quest joining us from london with the global perspective. want to go first to christine. let's zero in on the numbers and what it means here. 114,000 more people now going to work. what does it say about the state of the economy, and where the jobs are now? >> it says, quite frankly, suzanne, that you're seeing steady hiring. not robust hiring, but steady hiring, and when you look at the unemployment rate dropping to 7.8% we know that there are people who are getting part-time jobs. there are people who are
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starting their own companies or starting to work for themselves from home. that's what is moving those numbers. you see that the private sector added 104,000 jobs, and the government sect or added 10,000. we saw health care jobs created. more than 44,000 there. this has been a trend for a couple of years. about 16,000 jobs lost over there in the manufacturing sector, which is, of course, very, very important to some of these battleground states, suzanne. >> christy, some of the attacks from conservatives, such as jack welch, saying they don't believe the numbers. they believe the books are cooked essentially. explain the process of how we reach these numbers today? >> there's spin, and then there are conspiracy theories, and the spin, which is valid, if spin can be valid, is that, you know, look, you still have only 114,000 jobs created on balance. that's -- you know, you immediate on see more than that at this stage of a recovery, but
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let me be very clear here. these are two different reports that they put together. right? one of them is a survey of people at home where you call them up and say are you working and the people say yes or no and explain how. the other is a survey of employers where they ask are you hiring? that's where the 114,000 number comes from, so that 114,000 number might not catch everyone who is working part-time from home or just working part-time or doing some kinds of contract work, so that's why sometimes there's a discrepancy between the two. no, they're not in the basement of bls cooking the books for some political reason. i would bring this one point, suzanne, if they were, wouldn't they have done that after the president gave his speech in charlotte? instead he gave a speech in charlotte, and it was a bad report the next day. >> we have to touch off there, because mitt romney is speaking to an event in west virginia. let's listen in. [ chanting mitt ]
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>> thank you. thank you. thank you. keep working in this area. wonderful couple that has a farm that now they wonder whether they'll be able to keep the farm because the husband lost his job at the coal mine. these are tough times in this community. it is calm and confident and patriotic people, but we'll bring back america. now, somewhere congressman morgan griffin is here. where is morgan griffin. where is he hanging out? is he over here? hello, congressman. good to see you. thanks for being here. you got to make sure to re-elect this guy. morgan griffin is one of the best. and, by the way, we have the governor here today, but he is down in florida campaigning for me, so thank you to bob mcdonald for all the work he is doing. the great governor. and you may know that a couple
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of nights ago we had a debate. you may have gotten a chance to see that. and it was a good experience, i think, for me, for the president, for people who watched. it was a debate of substance. we talked about the issues that america faces. i got the chance to ask the president some questions that i think people across the country have wanted to ask the president. such as why it was that when america was needing jobs so badly, he was pushing for obama care instead of working to get jobs to the american people? got the chance to ask him why there's still 23 million americans out of work or stopped looking for work, struggling to find good full-time jobs. i got the chance to ask him why it is the middle class is so buried in this country. incomes have come down. prices of gasoline have doubled. prices of food and clothing have come up. they've been buried.
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got the chance to talk about that. got the chance to ask him why he is cutting $716 million from medicare. that's not the right thing to do to pay for obama care. also got the point out that he is in favor 6 a tax plan that will kill 700,000 jobs. he got a chance to answer them, or not answer themes as the case may be, but he got a chance to talk about where we are going in the future. what he described is an it rags of the status quo. is he going to keep doing the things he has done in the past. is he going to have a stimulus, if he can. he'll hire more government workers if he can. he will pick winners and losers like fisker and tesla. he said he doesn't like picking winners and losers. no, he just likes picking losers. and, of course, is in favor of higher taxes. yesterday the vice president
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told the truth. he said, in fact, they do want to raise taxes $1 trillion. i don't want to raise taxes on any americans because i want to create good jobs in america. i would take america in a very different direction. i want to makes sure our policies encourage job growth, and i have five things i'll do. you heard me describe them time and again, but five things i'll do that will get jobs growing in this country again, and growing right here in this part of virginia as well because, number one on my list is to take full advantage of all our energy resources, our oil, our coal, our gas, our nuclear, our renewables. and i know you care a lot more about coal than the other ones i just mentioned, so let me just remind you that when the president was running for office, he said that if you built a new coal fire plant, well, you would go bankrupt, and the head of the e.p.a. has also said that the regulations on burning coal are now so
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stringent it's virtually impossible to build a new coal fire plant. well, i don't believe in putting our coal under the ground fore. i believe we should take advantage of it, put american workers back to work, and use a resource that's abundant and cheap and can be burned in a clean way. by the way, i also believe in oil and gas. i believe we should develop our resources. i believe within eight years america -- north america, rather, should be energy-independent, and that requires all those sources of energy. that will keep the price at the pump moderated. it will keep the price of electricity moderated. it will also mean a lot of good jobs for americans. it's been calculated that if we're really serious about energy, really take advantage of the energy resources we have that you're going to create some 3.5 million to 4 million jobs. i know right now you're thinking about one job, your job. i'm thinking about your job as well person by person, every
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american deserves a good job. people are hard-working right here in this community. i want to make sure your jobs stay here, grow here, and provide a bright future for you and for your family. now, i also believe in addition to energy that we have an opportunity to create more jobs by selling our goods and services abroad, so i want to open up more trade with other nations, and if china is stealing jobs unfairly, i'll crack down on china. number three, number three, i want to make sure that our people have the skills they need to succeed so we have a lot of government training programs. that's all fine and well except there are 47 of them federal government training programs, and they report to eight different government agencies, and so the overhead cost of all of this burden and bureaucracy is just killing.
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i would like to take the money the federal government is spending on training, bundle it up, send back to virginia its fair share and let virginia do what's right for the people of virginia with their trading dollars. let me mention as my number four here to get this economy going and to create more good jobs, let me mention something about the deficit. this idea of every year america is spend and the federal government $1 trillion more than we take in is bad for our economy, it's also bad for the next generation. as i said during that debate, i think it's immoral for us to keep spending more than we take in, so i will cut federal spending. i will cap federal spending, and i'll get us on track to a balanced budget. and people ask me how i'm going to do that, and i said, again, as i said the other night, i'm going to cut out programs we don't absolutely have to have, and number two, i'm going to make sure that some programs go
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back to the states where they can be run more efficiently and effectively. we're going to cut back on the size of the federal government and one of the programs i'm going to get rid of is obama care. we can't afford it. we don't need it. it's the wrong way. and, finally, they mention a fifth idea, and that is that i want to champion small business. i want to make it easier for entrepreneurs to start businesses, to grow, and i know how to do that. the president has an unusual tax plan. his plan is to raise taxes. he wants to raise their taxes from 35% to 40%. by the way, when you take that together with state income tax and real estate tax and gasoline tax and -- that means that small businesses that are highly acceptable will give half of what they've got to the government. that's going to kill jobs.
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i don't want to kill jobs. my priority is creating jobs. i'll hp small business do that with everything i can do. now, we can do better. we don't have to stay on the path we've been on. we can do better. there was a report that just came out this morning on job creation this last month. there were fewer new jobs created this month than last month, and the unemployment rate, as you know, this year has come down very slowly, but it's come down, nonetheless. the reason it's come down this year is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. if you just drop out of the work force, if you just give up and say, look, i can't go back to work, i'm just going to stay home, if you just drop out altogether, why, you're no longer part of the employment statistics, so it looks like unemployment is getting better, but the truth is if the same share of people were participating in the work force today as on the day that the
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president got elected, why, our unemployment rate would be around 11%. that's the real reality of what's happening out there. then, of course, even those that have jobs are having a tough time. the middle class is being squeezed with higher and higher costs and with incomes that have gone down by $4,300 a family. this can't go on. i'll tell you this. when i'm president of the united states, when i'm president of the united states, that unemployment rate is going to come down. not because people are giving up and dropping out of the work force, but because we're creating more jobs. i will create jobs and get america working again. and so the american people have a choice. i think in both men we have individuals who care very deeply about our country and care about the people of america, but we would lead america in very different ways. this president calls his
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policies going forward. i call his policies forewarned. all right? we know where they head because we've seen them over the last four years. we've seen 23 million people out of work. we've seen half the kids coming out of college not able to get work or college level work. we have seen incomes go down. we've seen trillion dollar deficits. the road this president has put us on looks like europe. europe isn't working in europe. it will never work here. look, the president -- if he is re-elected, this president is going to have trillion dollar deficits every year. we would end up with about a $20 trillion debt. it's about $150,000 a family. you don't see that money. you don't see that debt, rather, but you're going to be paying the interest on it all your lives, and then your kids are going to be paying for it, and you're going to wonder why this government is taking so much, and a lot of it is just to pay for the interest on all this debt we're racking up. that's the wrong way to go. he would also take us down a path like europe which means chronic high unemployment.
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they have high levels of unemployment and low wage growth. their countries, as you know, are on the verge of fiscal collapse or fiscal cal amity or crisis. that's the path that he is taking us on. i'll take us on a very different course. i will help create 12 million new jobs and rising take-home pay. >> mitt romney in virginia to talk about the importance of coal. also putting his own spin on the new unemployment numbers at 7.8%. mitt romney making the case that the same amount of people, number of people in the work force, will look more like 11% unemployment. we'll get a fact check of that and also give you the political implications up next. years of our government employees insurance company, or geico...as most of you know it. ...i propose savings for everyone! i'm talking hundreds here... and furthermore.. newcaster: breaking news. the gecko is demanding free pudding. and political parties that are actual parties! with cake! and presents! ah, that was good.
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>> we're going to bring in jessica yellin. >> it looks like more than 11% unemployment. we're going to fact check that and see if that's -- how is the administration using these numbers today? >> well, the president has already spoken about them, and made the case that it's a sign that his policies are working and moving the nation in the right direction. he did not make the case that this is, you know, a great triumph or some sort of enormous victory because the economy is still suffering and people are still suffering, but, you know, the slogan for his campaign is forward, and he was arguing that this is proof that his policies are moving the nation forward. here's what the president said
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earlier. after losing about 800,000 jobs a month when i took office our businesses have now added 5.2 million new jobs over the past two and a half years. this morning we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. >> suzanne, you know as well as i do this is a symbolically meaningful number because one of the war of words 8% was the marker that two sides have been tussling over. the fact that it's fallen below 8% has is -- >> you talked to her about her amazing -- take tylenol or take aleve,
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>> fbi agents, u.s. special forces as well, are in libya today. it's been more than three weeks since four americans were killed in a rocket attack on the u.s. consulate in bengauze where i. one of those killed, of course, the u.s. ambassador to libya, chris stevens. the fbi says inadequate security prevented them from starting their investigation in benghazi before now. [ chanting ] >> angry, frustrated people feeling powerless to stop the civil war in syria.
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this is hama. this is where opposition groups say more shells landed today. >> after 19 months in fighting in syria they estimate that 19,000 people have been killed. opposition groups put that number much, much higher. more than a million people, half of them children, they're refugees. they're even too afraid to go home. there's also another victim in the civil war too. we're talking about the country's rich, important ancient history. this. >> some of the greatest landmarks in ruins. now after 19 months of fighting and civil war the global heritage fund says many historical treasures are being destroyed. the ancient villages of northern syria were named the unesco heritage site in 2011. the region is home to
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monasteries, ancient churches and preserved children bizzan teen villages. many of those ancient ruins were knocked over as seen in this amateur video. possibly used as roadblocks in the fighting. >> and syrian army tanks have moved through the region trampling some of the landmarks. albara was once a popular tourist destination. now the ancient tombs are damaged by shelling. this has been around since the time of the crusades, considered the most preserved military castles from that era. now this heritage site is being used as cover by rebel forces defending themselves against the government's heavy artillery. another ancient location? apamaya located about 55 kilometers northwest of hama. the ruins here date back to the roman and byzantine periods, and
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it's known for its columns. now it's heavily damaged by shelling. looters took mosaics, even a roman statue. reportedly selling some of the priceless artifacts for weapons. and then there's the ancient city of alleppo, known for its culture and urban development and home to the largest covered market in the world dating back to the 12th century. last week that market was burned during fierce fighting. precious ancient treasures that belong to the world, not just to syria. once preserved and admired. now some gone forever. destroyed by war. >> when you look at those pictures, it's just really heart-breaking to see that because you were talking about hundreds and hundreds, if not thousands of years in an ancient treasure that, as you say, belong to everyone. >> it's really the world's cultural heritage that's going
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up in flames that's being destroyed and trampled. of course, nothing is more tragic than the loss of human life. it's irrepairable. you don't come back from it. you can rebuild some of what is destroyed, but in the case of aleppo, a city i know very well, it's almost like seeing a person you know die because it's the soul of a city, this old market, the crusader castle. it's the best preserved crusader castle in the world. mroo show us a picture. >> i want to show you a before and after picture that made it on social media web sites. this is the top that's the wooden balcony. you see it on the top. on the bottom it looks like the apocalypse, the post-apocalyptic lunar landscape. these are the types of things that you cannot rebuild. you can't rebuild 150-year-old wooden balcony. it's gone fore. >> are these the rebel forces that are responsible, the government forces? is it just fighting? is it the result of war? >> what happens usually in a
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city like aleppo is you have rebels that take up position in the old aleppo, and then you have regime forces that come after them, and they might use shelling or other types of military attacks, and those are the types of things that lead to the widespread destruction and irrepairable destruction of old buildings as well. as far as who is setting the market on fire, i mean, at this point we don't know. the reports are that you could have regime forces come in after the rebels and set some of their position on fire. either way some of these places and some of these landmarks are gone for good. >> is there any effort, do we think after the civil war ends, that there would be some rebuilding, that you have organization that is would come in and try to do what they could? >> well, i spoke with a unesco representative for crisis situations that's in charge of safeguarding, preserving, and protecting these world heritage sites, and she told me essentially, look, i mean, once the conflict is over, we can do our best. we can go in and try to make an assessment of what needs to be
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done to rebuild, but it's expensive and it takes a very long time. it takes a few minutes to burn down a whole alleyway in a market. it can take years to rebuild. >> all right. thank you. ahead on cnn "newsroom international" she wasn't always a supermodel. once she was a refugee running from a brutal civil war. we're going to talk to her about rising to the top. the doctor toe that i could smoke for the first week... i'm like...yeah, ok... little did i know that one week later i wasn't smoking. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. if you notice any of these stop taking chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of depression or other mental health problems, which could get worse while taking chantix. don't take chantix if you've had a serious allergic or skin reaction to it. if you develop these stop taking chantix
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well, recently she returned to south sudan to mark the first anniversary of the country's independence from the north. she joins us from new york to talk about the emotional homecoming. it is so nice to see you. it is an amazing story. your life experience. you write about it in cnn.com article, and you say it was overwhelming to actually go back. tell us what that was like. >> wow. i mean, what can i say? getting raised through the civil war at the time, i never really foresee that they were going to be independence, and it was a lot of emotion and going back to where i was born and looking at the children i saw myself in them, you know, and everything starts to make sense. just in the fact that my father,
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bless him, before i went to seek refuge in london he passed away, but he always said, you know, education, education is the key. he was never a politician, but he always said you have to raise your voice if you want to say something that's correct. it's wrong, this, that. it was very emotional going back. >> is there optimism there? you saw yourself. we see those pictures of you with the children, and you see yourself. do they believe they have a future because this country has just been torn for so many years when it comes to the civil war. >> yes. a lot of bloodshed took place. especially the young men. they really fought this war. it was 30%, 60%, 70%, almost 100% people went and voted for
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referendum that say something. that people had none, and they really want to start to rebuild. >> what is the biggest chamening, do you think for your people there, alek? >> oh, my goodness. i think the challenges right now is the growth, of course. the land itself is very flourishing, is very rich. the culture, the people. everything is incredible. i mean, i think the most challenging is the -- to be able to educate because 50%, 60% of the nation are the youth. not even women, young girls before, what is it, eighth grade, that's 14 years old. those are children. they're dying in child birth. like the old saying, you educate, you know, young girls, you educate a family, you
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educate a community, and i think the challenges right now is how rapidly it's growing. i think juba, the capital city, is going to be like the new york of america. >> what do you think -- when you came back, what did they think of you because you are so incredibly successful, you are so beautiful, you are such an incredible model for your country. >> so humbled. >> yes? >> i was very humbled because i was nervous. i was emotional because i didn't know what the country was like because when you have development and you also have a new nation -- i mean, america has been through, like, independence for over 200 years. south sudan is just one year. you think about the growth that took place, but i think infrastructure is very
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important. >> would you ever go back? do you think you would go back? i know your nephew has returned. a lot of young people have gone back. >> oh, absolutely. my mother wants me to go back. my mother wants me to marry a dinca man. of course. i really want to work with u.n. hcr to implement education. especially when kids have to walk for two, three hours for secondary school, and then they get caught in the rain, and then they catch malaria from the mosquitoes. i think it's -- it's not just a matter of thinking, but i think it's very fundamental, and we can be able to emphasize in that we don't have to repeat the same atrocity, and that is what i gathered going back after this independence. >> it's so nice to see you. it's nice to meet you, and, of course, you know, we wish you the very best for the children in that country. there's a lot of work to be done, and, of course, your mom's wish is to get a dinca man.
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good luck with that too. i'm sure you have many options. >> no, no, absolutely. >> good to see you. >> you can read more about alek's trip to south sudan. find out how you can help people there by going to cnn.com/impact. they call themselves code pink, and they're an anti-war group, of course, and they are furious over drone attacks. today they're in pakistan taking a stand and meeting with people affected by the violence. i love you, james. don't you love me? i'm a robot. i know. i know you're a robot! but there's more in you than just circuits and wires! uhhh. (cries) a machine can't give you what a person can. that's why ally has knowledgeable people there for you, night and day. ally bank. your money needs an ally.
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states about the average side of a garden shed, but in the u.k. it's a london apartment. why this little space is going for big bucks. >> reporter: some, compact. studios. then wills flat 8-f. ♪ nothing quite prepares you for something so small. this is it. all of it. there is no more. 10 x 4 by 8 x 4. i can touch from one side to the other hitting the wall. i am 6'1" tall. and this is the length of the flat. >> the apartment is a converted
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water toilet and cloak room. >> unusual. unique. interesting marketing opportunity. >> i would point out the high ceiling. i would point out the natural light coming through. i would point out the potential refurbishment, the location. >> reporter: the original asking price of $145,000 has been well exceeded. the current top offer is believed to be around $280,000 for one simple reason. the old rule, location, location, location. this tiny apartment is in the best part of london, and next to the top people's department store, harrod's. >> you're iffing to get a hell of a lot of interest with this post code. >> the demand for this unique property has been intense. more than 100 viewings. a dozen offers.
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ironically, the winner is likely to be an investor from greece. >> wow. richard quest joining us from london. we did a little research here. we found some studio apartments in new york in the west village. one going about the same size, $325, and then some other studios anywhere from $100,000 to $600,000. that thing you could look at it as a steal almost, but how could it even manage to be competitive? it's pretty amazing there. >> look, this is the actual size that we're talking about. we've drawn it out in the studio, and you really do get a feel. i mean, the fact is this is going to be sold to an investor. how about this? somebody who wants a room for their maid because they've already got an apartment in the building or this is the best one i heard. somebody who just wants a parking space the locality because it's such an expensive
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this hour in the cnn newsroom, call it a comeback. jobs reports show an unemployment rate below 8%, and we are also looking at a dangerous form of meningitis blamed on contaminated destroyed shots that claim more victims. want to get right to it. 32 days until the election. now this. >> this morning we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. >> the reason it's come down this year is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. if you just drop out of the work force, if you just give up and say, look, i can't go back to work, i'm just going to stay home -- if you just dropped out altogether, why, you're no longer part of the employment statistics. >> this is what everybody is talking about this morning and this afternoon. the nation's unemployment rate
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now dropping below 8% for the first time in almost four years. it shows unemployment at 7.8%. christine romans who is joining us live from new york to break it down. we have 114,000 more folks that are working. what does it mean in the big picture about the economy and where the jobs are? >> it means that the economy is slowly healing, slowly. very slowly healing. the 7.8% unemployment rate definitely an improvement. you had people who were getting part-time work who were working from home, who are starting their own businesses. that's why that number moved a little bit more than the other one. let me show you some of the sectors. one-third of the jobs were in health care. 44,500 jobs. a health care economist just told me that those jobs on average are paying about $59,000 a job, so they're paying better than the median income of the rest of the country. transportation wear housing, 17,000 jobs there. we lost 16,000 jobs in manufacturing. this is a spot we've been closely watching for 20 years. we've been losing manufacturing jobs.
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it's been showing some signs of life recently, but in the most recent months, down 16,000 jobs. of course, that plays in those swing states for sure, suzanne. >> christine, we heard mitt romney the last hour just say that the reason unemployment is down because there are so many people that stopped looking for work and what he says is that if you take a look at the number of people who were all seeking jobs, if they were actually included in that number, the real unemployment rate would be 11% because it would include all those folks that are certaining for work, instead of dropping out. does that look accurate? >> yes. here's why. if you look at something called the labor force participation rate, meaning the share of adult workers who are either in the labor market or looking for work, that has gotten smaller and smaller. it's the smallest since 1981 right now. that meensz people have left the labor market, so if you were -- and a lot of economist read these numbers -- if you were to looking look at the labor force participation rate from the day president obama took office and use that same size of the labor force today, you would have an unemployment rate more like 11%,
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not 7.8%. so on the very basis of that statistic, he is correct, but many economists will tell you we are slowly starting to add jobs. the jobs growth is going in the right direction. >> all right. christine romans, thank you. the jobs report came as really a surprise to me, but a georgia tech economist has been banging the drum about the strength of the economy. you can kind of say i told you so. you have been talking about this. i mean, you've been saying that steadily things have been getting better. why? when you take a look at this and particularly the fact that there's so many people who are not in that number, they've dropped out of the job market completely, they're so discouraged, why are you so encouraged by this number? >> well, if you look at more deeply into the economics figures and just look beneath the surface, you can see a lot of developments that are very, very positive, and these developments have been there for months and months. what has been a surprise to me is that they weren't revealed earlier in the employment numbers. >> so specifically what are you talking about when you say that? >> well, if you look at, for
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example, over last month we had an increase in consumer confidence. we had increase in consumer spending and retail sales. the manager index was up. auto sales were up. home sales were up. those things have been happening. now, what's unique about it this time around is that they're all happening at the same time, and so in a more coordinated fashion, and that's why you see this significant unemployment report. >> the specific groups -- i found this surprising -- are really benefitting now, and you and i have talked a lot about the hispanic, black population here. they are doing better now. i mean, you have unemployment that went from 14.1% to 13.4% for the black community. what is happening? >> very, very significant. well, what's happening -- what explains that is the fact that you have this large increase in employment overall. unfortunately, and it's still the case, blacks and latinos are always sort of brought into that cue, but the cue was so big this time in terms of the entrants
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into the labor market, some 873,000 new people -- more people employed, and so that obviously created more jobs for blacks and more for hispanics. >> we know the growth rate is still pretty weak. it's only at 1%. how does the economy actually grow? how does it become more healthy? >> i would expect that next quarter around it will be much greater. it's 1.3% now, but the signal that is we're seeing now, those signals will play out, and the thing that we've been saying for months is that the economy has not been slowed because lack of profitability. in fact, corporations have been experiencing record profits. they have record amounts of cash. we have record low interest rates. so all of the conditions for growth have been there, and so what we're seeing now happening is that they're beginning to materialize. >> finally, there's always the political aspect of all of this, and there's some conservative who's say, look, you know, we think you're fudging the numbers here, we think you're cooking the books because this is a good thing for the obama
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administration. jack welch being one of those. >> what i would say to those that say that we're cooking the books, first of all, it insults the integrity of the labor department, but secondly, it also means that they're not looking closely enough at the numbers, and typically what happens is that analysts put too much emphasis on the jobs report number. that number by virtue of the way it's collected from some 130,000 establishments and it's done through some by fax machine and others, that number is always going to be very variable. it's much like the adp number that we get earlier than even that number, so it's adjusted up and down every month, and so some months it will be down and adjusted upward, and other months it will be up and adjusted downward. >> it's a balance. >> yes. that's going to happen. but what's interesting is that -- >> tell us real quick what's interesting. >> last month it was adjusted upward, and we would expect it to happen this month. >> it's good news all around.
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thank you, danny. >> here's what we're working on for this hour. >> mitt romney tells fox he was completely wrong when he said 47% of americans are victims who think they're entitled to government aid. just two weeks ago he was defending those remarks. is romney becoming more moderate as the election draws closer? >> after a weak debate performance by the president, what can we expect at the next one? just a week and a half away? this time it's town hall style and the audience gets to ask the questions? >> more patients have gotten meningitis infections after being contaminated by steroid shots. we'll take a look at how it happened. to the gas station going about once a month. last time i was at a gas station was about...i would say... two months ago. i very rarely put gas in my chevy volt. i go to the gas station such a small amount that i forget how to put gas in my car. [ male announcer ] and it's not just these owners
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falling below 8 perz came out today. republican presidential candidate romney, he lost something. he lost the tag line that he had been ham arering the president on for a long time. we want to bring in jessica yellin. first of all, we saw that romney reacted to the numbers by saying they're not good enough, but he has even suggested they're not accurate. how important is this number, this unemployment number for both sides? >> well, let's remember where the 8% number came from. when the president passed his stimulus plan, his -- what his chief economist projected wasn't a promise, but projected that with the stimulus unemployment would be below 8% in the u.s. and now that number has become a political football with the president's critics saying it was a promise that it would be below 8%, and it's a promise that's been unkept. now that the number has fallen below 8%, the administration can seize on that to say, look, it's
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proof that our economic measures are getting traction, that they're working. not good enough yet, but making movement, forward movement, which is they are campaign slogan. one thing i would point out that's meaningful, suzanne sshgs that the first time in a long time, the number has fallen not because more people are leaving the work force and not looking for work. actually, by a tiny, tiny amount more people entered, so it's fallen while more people are actually looking for work, and that's a good sign too for the economy. >> okay. let's talk a little bit about mitt romney. he is backtracking on his comment about 47% of a population feeling like they're victims and needing government aid. he told fox news that now he was completely wrong. he doesn't feel that way. let's listen. >> clearly in a campaign of hundreds if not thousands of speeches in question and answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out right. in this case i said something that's just completely wrong.
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i absolutely believe are, however, that my life has shown that i care about 100%. >> so jessica, two questions here. first of all, why do you think is he bringing this up now? the video came out last month. do you think it was something he actually wanted the president to bring up during the debate and since the president didn't, he is now speaking about it? >> well, first of all, he did say i care about the 100%. that was as a reaction after the tape came out. the new piece is i'm completely wrong, and i do think that was probably their response. a planned response. the president didn't bring it up. the moderator didn't bring it up. since the president missed an opening to do it and in that last debate, no doubt it's going to come up in the next debate, and now romney has a chance to get ahead of that and sort of premessage on it, shape the debate and discussion about it, and sort of try to neutralize it a little bit for himself even before that debate happens so that when the president, if he does try to bring it up, romney can try to inoculate himself a little bit from the attacks saying, look, i have already said i was wrong. no doubt, you know, expect the
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obama team to say he is flip-flopping, this is something we've seen before, but now the governor, former governor, has about two weeks to sort of massage his message, and you see a real political game going on here. it's a real fight. >> yep. okay. jessica, thank you. appreciate it. >> american airlines now blaming passengers for jamming the lox that cause the seats on three flights to come loose. now, a spokeswoman says the lox, like the one shown here, got stuck after passengers "gunked them up" with spilled coffee and soda. the airline promises it won't happen again. the seats just the latest in a series of troubles for american. the company has also been dealing with labor issues, flight delays, and cancellations. tainted medication in 23 states now being lirnked an outbreak of meningitis. we're going to take a look at what's being done to stop it and how you can protect yourself. ton about once a month. last time i was at a gas station was about...i would say... two months ago. i very rarely put gas in my chevy volt.
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deadly meningitis outbreak is now growing. 35 people in six states are now fighting it. that is up from just 26 yesterday. elizabeth cohen is joining us to talk a little bit about should we be worried? where is this located? what's happening here? >> i'm going to tell you about the one group of people who should be worried because only one group should be worried, and that's people who have had steroid injections many their backs. that's the only way that you're going to get sick from this because what it is is they're worried about a medicine. they're worried that this medicine has fungus in it, and it doesn't spread person to person. if it's not caught earlier, it's
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tough to fight, and weave already seen six deaths. dmroo where did the fda skofr this? >> the fda started -- they notice that all these people who were getting sick all had the same medicine injected into their back that was made in a place called the new england compounding center. they went in to investigate sxfshgs what they found was a vial of medicine with fungus in it that was visible to the naked eye. you could look in the vial and they saw some gunk for want of a better word, and they put it in the microscope, and it was fungus. >> this went to 23 states? do we expect that this is going to be widespread? is it just in those 23 states? >> we expect that we're going to hear about more illnesses. to be clear, no one is getting -- well, hopefully no one is getting infected as we speak because doctors know not to use this. they know to check what medicines they're use and never ever to inject this medicine made by this company. they may be getting sick now if they got inject a week ago or a week before that.
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those numbers should be going up, ut but doctors should know by now not to use this medicine, but if they used it in the recent past, people might just be getting sick. >> do the doctors know that we know that this person who got this medicine went back to this facility here and they can warn people and say we think you might be vulnerable. >> doctors are being asked to look back and to see, gee, what medicine did i give my patient who i gave that injection to last week and to check their records. doctors are being asked to do that. honestly, that's not a fool proof system. a doctor could miss that as they go through their records, so really patients should be aware. if you had an injection in your spine, a steroid injection in your spine, and you even have a headache -- like even just a headache, get yourself to a doctor. the sooner that you catch this, the better. >> all right. elizabeth, thank you. appreciate it. . >> his words, they're crystal clear. no stuttering at all. our dr. sanjay gupta has an amazing story in this human factor report.
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>> he has a speech disorder that's to debilitating this 13-year-old used to keep to himself. >> he started speaking at the age of 2 and pretty much -- single words. it wasn't so bad. then when he would get into sentence with a couple of words, two or three words, that's when it started to come out. >> those who love jake, knew he needs to get the words out. let him finish what he is speaking or saying. >> but many others tormented him. he was bullied. not only by his classmates, but by his teachers as well. >> one teacher was, like -- i was just doing this voice in drama class, and i was, like, hi, and then, like, the teacher
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is, like, i don't know what is more annoying. that voice or your stutter. >> jake's parents, robin and vee, invested a ton of time and money into their therapy for their son. nothing worked. they found greatness -- >> battle -- it was, like, hey, i'm kind of good. ♪ >> reporter: now jake is performing as lil jake. smooth as can be. the rhythm or cadance of rapping makes it easier for him to get the words out without stuttering. >> clap your hands. come on. >> for all those that used to torment him, the haters, they serve as motivation for jake who prfrz for crowds of up to 20,000 people. ♪
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>> dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, reporting. >> way to go, jake. you can learn more about jake's accomplishments in his own words at cnn health.com. 70% of latinos say they are voting for president obama, but democratic latino leaders, they aren't leaving anything to chance. we'll talk to soledad o'brien about how they get out the vote. we'll preview her documentary "latino in america." don't forget, can you watch cnn live on your computer. head to cnn.com/tv. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso.
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welcome back. with only 32 days until the legs, the white house got some welcome news this morning. the monthly jobs report showed unemployment dropped to the lowest level since the president took office. it comes as a boost for the president after a disappointing performance at the first presidential debate. throughout the next 30 minutes we'll take a look at this week in politics with our cnn election team. latino voters are being heavily courted by both parties in the election. we're taking an in-depth look, how they cast their ballots could make or break the swing states like colorado, nevada, florida. our latest cnn poll conducted before wednesday's debate shows that only 33% of latino voters feel republicans have done a good job of reaching out to minorities. this is compared to 77% who think democrats have done a good job. only 32% of latinos think the republican party can fix the economy. this is compared to 62% who think democrats can do it. so while those numbers paint a
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picture of how the candidates are doing, we're going deeper. this weekend we're bringing you an in depth look with our documentary special latino in america, counting their vote. soledad o'brien went to the state of nevada. take a look. ♪ >> reporter: january 24th, 2012, washington d.c. >> i get the chills every time i walk by this building. ♪ >> reporter: congressional candidate ruben could youen has traveled across the country as a guest of his mentor, senator harry reid, to attend the state of the union address. >> this is maybe a once in a lifetime opportunity. god willing, we win this election in june, and in november and next year i'll be searching in this body as a member of congress listening to that speech. ♪ >> reporter: while in washington, ruben makes a point to meet with key latino congressmen. >> should be there. a few more offices. >> reporter: like congressman
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beccerra. >> congressman. >> how are you? >> mr. speaker, the president of the united states. zoog then the next morning an important meeting. senator harry reid, ruben's mentor and a key maker in office. >> how important was it that you were a latino in a district that was heavily latino, 40 some odd percent and that you're an immigrant. >> it's a battleground state. it's a purple state. it's gone republican. it's gone democrat. >> they wanted latino voters? >> they wanted latinos to come out and vote, so they know that by having a latino on the general election ballot, it was going to help increase that turnout, so, you know, they had their own vested interest in this. >> soledad o'brien is joining us now. good to see you, soledad. >> thanks, suzanne. thank you. >> sure. sure. i had a chance to go to one of the largest latino leader
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political groups, and both mitt romney and the president, they were both trying to win support, and there seemed to be an open-mindedness to both of them. on the ground, what did you find in the community? >> i found a lot of frustration, actually, on both sides of the aisle when it comes to politics. latinos, as you well know and as your statistics are pointed out, in the demographics game, latinos one of the fastest growing demographic in the country, so -- and especially among the young, so, of course, if you are a politician, this is a group you want to capture. yet, the actual amount of power and clout is not commensurate with those actual numbers, so i think that that's some of the frustration that we see among the latino population. on the one hand, very visible. large population. everybody wants to talk to them, but sometimes they feel like they're being left out of the power game and that people only come and court them every four years. they don't actually want their voice in politics. >> do they appreciate just how powerful they are this go-round? do you think they realize that they could determine who the next president is?
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>> it's a big if, right? that's if a large number vote. if a large number have registered. if you turn out to the polls. sure. that's going to be key. i do think there's a sense that latinos, if, in fact, they leverage all their powers in numbers, they could be very powerful. they could have a lot of clout, but what our documentary is really about is sort of frustration on both the republican side and the democratic side and saying we don't want to just be, you know, people to chase us for our numbers. we want to have some of that political power as well. that's where we see a lot of frustration, suzanne. >> all right. we'll be watching. thank you, soledad. appreciate it. cnn follows the fight to win latino vote. you can watch soledad as documentary "latino in america, courting their vote." this is this sunday night 8:00 p.m. eastern. we are just 32 days away from the election. we have two more presidential debates left. after the president's unpopular performance of the fest debate, we're going to see how he does. the voters ask questions in a town hall style. we'll talk to the woman that's moderating the next debate, our
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one down two to go. that is on october 16th. our own candy crowley will be moderating the debate. she joins us from wash. . good to see you, as always. it's a big responsibility, and, of course, everybody is turning to what is it going to be this time around, because it's a very different format here. the town hall. explain how you think this might
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play to either one of the candidates in terms of their style and how they communicate. >> well, certainly president obama, as you know from the campaign, at times during his administration, has done these kind of town hall meetings where people get up and ask questions. but, on the other hand, mitt romney has probably had some experience, obviously has had some experience throughout the primaries. i think it is harder to dodge the question when it's easier to ignore us. let's face it. politicians do it all the time. that's always been a problem. it's not quite as easy to ignore. mind you, these are going to be undecided voters as picked by gallop. it's not going to be all that easy to talk over them. >> one of the things i thought was interesting, carol simpson moderated the 1992 presidential debate, and that was when you saw bill clinton, george h.w.
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bush, ross perot, they were the candidates at the time, and she said the town hall style doesn't allow -- specifically she saiding for a female moderator to ask some of the tough questions because it really is just kind of passing the mike from person to person. what do you think of that, what her critique? >> i'm not sure what the -- actually i have carol's debate on a dvd in my office, and i was going from the most recent. i have seen charlie gibson, and -- this debate has -- once the table is kind of set by the town hall questioner, there is then time for me to say, hey, wait a second. what about x, y, z? you said this or you said that. you're sort of the -- they launch the discussion, and then the moderator furthers the discussions as you said this and now you say that. that kind of thing. we hope that kind of group effort can pin down both of
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these men on a variety of issues. >> and watching the last debate, candy, what do you take away with that in terms of how both of these candidates reacted to jim? is there anything that you learned from it or that you saw that you'll take into the next one? >> you know, the interesting thing to me is that everybody was talking about jim when it was over, and i paid no attention to him simply because i'm sitting there writing down where i saw holes in their arguments thinking, oh, this would be good, oh, this would be a good follow-up, oh, what happened here? that kind of thing. i wasn't as sort of tuned in. i was in the debate hall, so that's, as you know, kind of a wholly different thing. what i take from it is that they certainly are both going to take whatever time they feel they can get to put their views out. i get it. this is an important debate. i think there are times when the time structures drive people crazy. you know, it's kind of what they agreed on.
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you know, obviously at some point you need to take control, but i don't think you take control because you can or you should, but i think you take control because you want the conversation to move and not kind of be stuck on it. >> all right. well, we know you will take control. you will handle both of them very well. candy, good to see you, as always. >> good to see you, suzanne. thank you. >> sure. >> the next debate is between vice president joe biden and mitt romney's running mate, paul ryan. you can catch all the action. that's next thursday right here on cnn. cnn.com. starting at 7:00 p.m. eastern. not everybody does well in a town hall style debate. especially not the president's former opponent, that being john mccain. we'll talk to a presidential historian about how the format either has helped or hurt past candidates. to physics, right?
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the next presidential debate, october 16th. it's a tuesday. the moderator cnn's own candy crowley. the first debate was all about domestic issues. you're talking about health, the economy, the taxes, all that, and the next one is a town hall, and most of the questions will come from the audience. doug brinkley is with us from austin, texas. he is a presidential historian, teaches history at rice university, and i understand as well you are actually going to be delivering a pre-debate lecture at hofstra university just in the next couple of days to really get people a sense of what this means and how this could impact the race. tell us a little bit about what you think about the town hall
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format. >> well, that's right. first of all, these are a great boon for our university. hofstra, to be a student there and to have all this excitement coming here to campus. the town hall format, i think it's much better than what we saw with the last one. at least you feel that the -- in this case president obama and mitt romney are going to be actually looking at citizens. now, it's become very scripted over the years. in 1992 it was the wild west in these town halls, meaning somebody from the audience can ask a question. now they've been prescreened to the point that it is a little bit less open formed than one might think. >> and i'm assuming that the candidates certainly don't know the questions, but the moderator would get a sense of who they're going to go to, what kinds of questions that they're actually be posing there. this is not the best format for everybody. we saw the last go-round with obama and senator john mccain. mccain seemed a little
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uncomfortable, stiff there in that format, and the president walked around and seemed casual and comfortable making a connection with the audience. how important is that? >> it's everything. i mean, the master of this form is bill clinton. in fact, it was clinton in 1992 that kept saying i want more town hall forms because he can have such a great interpersonal relationship with people. he -- clinton can lock on somebody. he felt like he was talking directly at you. if you really think about what barack obama's problem was the last debate, he kept looking down at his notes and seemed to not really engage either romney or the moderator, for whatever his reasons. this time it's going to be different. he will be talking to the voter, so you really want to go right at them and talk to them as if you're their best friend. i would be studying, if i were both of them, bill clinton tapes. >> some analysts say that they thought the president perhaps misjudged here because he was speaking directly to the camera, directly to the american people, but he wasn't speaking to his
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opponent. he wasn't speaking to the moderator, and people didn't feel like he was quite engaged there. what needs to happen for both of them to have a strong performance, and how do you think the president might recalculate, recalibrate what he does next go-round? >> well, he is better -- you know, he is going to have to do much, much better, as we all know. i think he has to relax a little more. he has to seem like he wants to be there. he is going to have to really have a kind of different sort of body language. i hate it because it's ridiculous. here you spend your life doing a doctorate in history, and you end up talking about body language, but that's what people are going to hone in on. how are you interacting with the audience? do you seem to care? are you stiff and wooden? ostensibly, this is a much better form for president obama. he does very well at rallies connecting with people. mitt romney has struggled with it, but in the last couple of days, particularly the hours since the debate, he seems to be connecting these days with crowds too, mitt romney. one of the things that's a little disappointing on all this
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is that follow-ups aren't allowed. they got banned in 1996, so even though the questions being read by the audience member, that audience member wants to have a follow-up. they're not allowed to. there's a lot of policing going on in this dae dee bait. >> we learned from candy that perhaps she can go ahead and inject some of her own questions too in this, which is a good thing as well. kind of a dance between the audience and the moderator. doug, good to see you as always. thank you very much. we'll be watching. >> oh, thanks so much. >> sure. hundreds of thousands of americans have already, already, vote for the president. not in the voting booth. we're not talking about that, but 7-eleven. we're talking about voting with your coffee cup. seriously. amazingly accurate in how it reflects current polls. [ male announcer ] imagine facing the day
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choose, the undecided cup? >> you can get the regular 7/eleven cup. it can be for people in the comments, they were saying, i don't want anybody to know, my vote my business. so they get a regular 7/eleven cup. >> tell us about coffee drinkers when it comes to the candidates here. what is the coffee of choice? >> well, you know, it is interesting, actually president obama perhaps should have gone decaffeinated the other night. we spoke with a neuropsychologist, our go-to scientist, about what caffeine can do to your brain to help your performance before a debate or something like that and governor romney, you know, since he doesn't drink coffee, he could have gone for some dark chocolate to improve his mental function. >> dark chocolate for mitt romney and a little bit more could ha caffeine for the president. cat, thank you. a battle of words, but what can we learn from the facial expressions of the candidates? we'll take a scientific look. dry mouth may start off as an irritant.
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expressive than president obama was. >> reporter: cole is an expert in the communication of emotions, an assistant professor at perdurdue university. he uses software called face reader, he applies it to political candidates. the software creates superimposed mesh maps on their faces which cole says measures the movement of hundreds of muscle points on the face. what did he measure on mitt romney's face? >> in this feature here, you can see his eyebrows are slightly up, and this would suggest an emotion of surprise, but at the same time, when you look at how his lips and nose are, that might represent something about a negative type of emotion of disgust or something like that. >> reporter: the clinched lips and the rised eyebrows he saw
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consistently from romney. he said that helped romney with his supporters angry over the economy. >> by communicating specifically that type of anger and that type of scorn, romney is building a bridge that connects to those voters. >> reporter: by contrast, cole says, president obama was expression neutral, aside from the occasional rised eyebrow, smile or smirk, which the romney campaign leveraged into a new video ad. >> we're seeing that if he were to be more expressive, and express the emotion that his voters are feeling, his voters then would start rating him as more charismatic. >> reporter: what about body language? we measured that with karen bradley, a movement analyst at the university of maryland. she says president obama had the edge there at the beginning, a strong handshake, a clasp of romney's arm that projected dominance. within an hour, she says, the president wilted. >> you see he's blinking here,
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he's tired here. >> reporter: also illustrated with one camera angle from behind them. romney's upright, bradley says, still energetic. >> here, barack obama is dropping his focus, beginning to drop away from mitt romney. and here he comes down to his paper. >> reporter: she says president obama dropped his posture often, especially late in the debate. she says that was a signal to many viewers that romney got the better of him. brian todd, cnn, washington. remember that crazy story about the little old lady who tried to restore a 19th century fresco of jesus in her church in spain. with halloween around the corner, one man has created a halloween costume, a work of art, and it is trending on twitter today. ruined spanish fresco monkey jesus. it is buzzing as one of this year's top costumes. creative costume captures the tilted and blurred face of restored fresco perfectly.